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About the project

Article 9 of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) introduced the concept of “nearly Zero-Energy Buildings” (nZEB):

“…by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero- energy buildings; and after 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are nearly zero-energy buildings”.

This is the starting point of the RePublic_ZEB project which is focused on the energy and CO2 emissions associated with existing public buildings and their refurbishment towards nZEB because of the huge potential for energy savings. Republic_ZEB spans across the South-Eastern European region with eleven partners located in target countries and one outside.

The core objective of the project is to:

  • Define cost-benefit optimised “packages of measures” based on efficient and quality-guaranteed technologies for the refurbishment of the public building stock towards nZEB that are standardised and adopted by builders and building owners.

From this stems three basic objectives:

  • State-of-the-art assessment of the public building stock through a country-specific evaluation of the energy consumption and CO2 emissions;
  • Define reference buildings; and;
  • Develop a common framework and a harmonised methodology for the definition of a nZEB concept for public buildings.

 RePublic_ZEB aims to achieve these objectives through the following activities:

  1. Analysis of the public building stock and definition of reference buildings
  2. Assessment of the status quo and analysis of opportunities for refurbishing public buildings towards nZEB
  3. Cost-benefit analysis of the “packages of measures” for the refurbishment towards nZEB
  4. Strategies and guidelines towards nZEBs
  5. Communication and dissemination

For more detail on the activities see the Project activities page.